Spring 2019

Sponsored
Dmitry Sayenko’s artistic style rejuvenates this old tale for contemporary readers and collectors.
Spring 2019

Sponsored by Swan's Fine Books

For Dmitry Sayenko, bookmaking is a passion. Over the past 22 years, he has produced fine hand-made books that have been exhibited at book fairs, museums, libraries, and private collections, such as the Russian National Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Grolier Club, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Van Abbemuseum, and the Eoun-ho Kim Collection, among others.

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Early photography enthusiasts flock to an upstate New York farm to learn the art of the old-fashioned snapshot
Spring 2019

An epistolary interview with John Coffer, one of the world’s foremost wet-plate photographers, suddenly comes to a close with: “Well, gotta’ go move some cattle.” The interview is being conducted by handwritten letters because Coffer is off the grid. He’s got no Internet on his fifty-acre homestead a few miles outside Dundee, New York, and he doesn’t offer up his phone number to anyone, including journalists.

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Frances Steloff’s famous Manhattan bookshop is the subject of an exhibition at Penn Libraries
Spring 2019

On New Year’s Day in 1920, a horse-drawn wagon carrying a typewriter and 175 books pulled up outside of a basement on West 45th Street in Manhattan. Frances Steloff, a thirty-two-year old who had honed her book-hunting skills from the eminent antiquarian Charles P. Everitt and as a clerk at Brentano’s, was setting up as an independent bookseller. Gotham Book & Art (later Gotham Book Mart), a bookshop that became known as a bastion of the avant-garde, was her life’s work—and a long life at that.